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Official US Marine Corps Dog Begins Recruit Training

Chesty

Since 1922, the official mascot of the US Marine Corps has been an English bulldog. Marion F. Sturkey writes:

At the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia, the Marines obtained a registered English Bulldog, King Bulwark. In a formal ceremony on 14 October 1922, Brig. Gen. Smedley D. Butler signed documents enlisting the bulldog, renamed Jiggs, for the ‘term of life.’ Pvt. Jiggs then began his official duties in the U.S. Marine Corps.

In recent decades, the mascot has been named "Chesty" after the legendary Marine Corps General Chesty Puller. After the retirement of the most recent Chesty, a 9-week old old English bulldog puppy was invited to enlist. He did so and is currently in recruit training. Jennifer Harper of the Washington Times writes:

The handsome and distinguished young Chesty will enter obedience school and canine “recruit training,” earn the title of Marine and be named the next Marine Corps mascot on March 29. His official duties include marching in myriad events, including the Friday twilight parades at the facility, looking tough but buff in his own custom dress blues.

Link -via Ace of Spades HQ | Photo: US Marine Corps


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Okay, now that makes sense! In the third episode of Space: Above and Beyond, when the squad lands on the asteroid and prepares to deploy, Vansen assigns "Bulldog" as the password, with "Chesty" as the response. I always wondered what those two words had to do with each other, but I never went so far as to research it.
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